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Today is a new metropolitan age and for the first time ever more people live in cities than they do anywhere else. As cities strengthen their international and cultural influence, the global world is acted out most articulately in the world's urban hubs — through its diverse cultures, broad networks and innovative styles of governance. Looking at the city through its internal dynamics, the book examines how governance and cultural policy play out in a national and international framework.

Making a truly global contribution to the literature, editors Isar and Anheier bring together a truly international and highly-respected collection of scholars. In doing so, they skilfully steer debates beyond the city as an economic powerhouse, to cover issues that fully comprehend a city's cultural dynamics and ...

Competing Cities and Spectacularizing Urban Landscapes1
Competing cities and spectacularizing urban landscapes

It seems that ‘spectacle-ization’ is necessary in order for places […] to somehow be ‘recognized’ as places to enter the ‘global stage’. Such cities can only be taken seriously in the new world dis/order if they are partly at least places of distinct spectacle, through events, museums, ancient remains, festivals, galleries, meetings, sport events and iconic […] shops, universities, and especially new and refurbished iconic buildings. (Urry, 2007: 134)


The quoted passage above suggests that a number of different elements in a city can be turned into spectacle and made to contribute to its ‘distinction’ on the global stage. This chapter discusses a limited set of urban spectacles, namely those designed by star architects. Over ...

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